Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Does a physician need to be present when contrast is administered for an echo?

A:  It is recommended that a physician be readily available, but it is not necessary for a physician to be present.


Q:  Is it required to get written patient consent for the use of contrast?

A:  Written consent is not necessary.  Verbal consent (i.e. a discussion of indications, benefits, and potential risks), as with any medication given, is obtained; there is no need for specific documentation of this, unless your institution requires such documentation for all medications given (i.e. a UEA should be handled no differently).

A summary of best practices by various institutions can be found in the appendix of the 2014 sonographer guidelines update (located after the references).

ASE Headquarters – COVID-19 Update

Beginning March 26, 2020, the county where the ASE Headquarters is located is under a government order to “Stay at Home” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These “Stay at Home” recommendations continue to be in effect and depend on the infection rates in the County/State. ASE will keep all but essential personnel telecommuting until a time when it is judged safe to return to work. We are not suspending or closing operations; our employees will remain working and providing excellent customer service to our members and the cardiovascular ultrasound community. However, ASE will slightly modify its official open hours to 9 AM – 4 PM Eastern TimeMonday-Friday. Should you need to get in touch with a staff person, call our main office at 919-861-5574 and a phone list by department will be available. A staff directory is also available here. All general questions can also be sent through Thank you and our best wishes for your continued safety.